101 Questions Series

Can I Install Laminate Flooring Over Carpet Underlayment?

Finally decided to swap your carpet for laminate flooring? Excellent! You’ve read up on all the tools and extras you need, and know you need underlayment in order to help the laminate float. You pull up the carpet and see… carpet underlayment! Since you see you already have this underlayment, you can use that to install your laminate flooring on top of, …

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Can vinyl flooring be used outside?

Looking for a flooring that can be used on a deck or outdoor patio? You may have come across vinyl flooring and wondered, Can vinyl flooring be used outside? Kind Of… Vinyl floor can be used in an outdoor, temperature controlled environment. This means that you can install vinyl flooring in a sun room, enclosed porch, or any other “outdoor” space where you can control …

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What can happen to laminate flooring without the proper expansion gap?

Are you installing laminate flooring soon? Then you should know you need to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of your room, right? Because you know that things like this picture below can happen. This is called buckling and this is the most common thing that happens when you don’t leave the proper expansion gap. What is Buckling? Buckling occurs when laminate flooring …

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Can Laminate Support the Weight of a Piano?

When installing laminate flooring, it is important to remember to protect your floor from your furniture. Many homeowners have pianos, and a common concern is if laminate flooring can support the weight of a piano without any damage. In general, laminate flooring can support a piano, but there’s a few things to keep in mind: 1. Durability and Stability A …

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What are hardwood flooring grades?

If you’re shopping around for hardwood floors, you may begin to get a little confused about what the hardwood flooring grade means. Why is this? There is no universal grading system for hardwood floors! Many manufacturers will create their own fancy terms to describe their floors. The grade simply describes the look and character of the flooring, stating differences in …

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How is Engineered Hardwood Made?

How is engineered hardwood made? Engineered hardwood is considered a real hardwood flooring option, but the biggest difference lies in the construction of the planks. Engineered Hardwood Core To engineer a hardwood floor to be more durable, resistant to moisture and climate changes, this hardwood flooring option is created by using a real hardwood veneer on the top surface, with …

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What is the Janka Rating Scale?

When you’re shopping for hardwood floors, you may notice a number describing a Janka rating. If you’re wondering what this number means and what the Janka rating scale is, we have you covered! What Does Janka Rating Mean? The Janka rating scale was created to rank the various degrees of hardness throughout the different species of hardwoods. Similar to a …

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What is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood floors?

Hardwood flooring is a timeless option that continues to gain popularity when remodeling or building a new home. The most common types of hardwood floors are solid and engineered. You may find yourself asking, what is the difference between solid and engineered hardwood floors? To help answer this question, we discuss the top five differences between the two types of …

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Can Vinyl be Used in Commercial Applications?

Can Vinyl be Used in Commercial Applications

If you own a small business or you manage a business’ renovations, and it’s time to upgrade your look, you might be wondering which type of flooring is best for you. You’ve seen vinyl plank flooring, but you wonder, Can vinyl be used in commercial applications? Yes, It Can! Vinyl plank flooring can absolutely be used in commercial applications. Known …

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Can I Install Vinyl Floors Under Cabinets?

Can I Install Vinyl Floors Under Cabinets

We often get asked if vinyl flooring can be installed under cabinets. Well, the answer isn’t cut and dry. The two most common installation types of vinyl plank flooring is Click-Lock or Glue-Down installation. Depending on which you install, you may be able to install under cabinets. Click-Lock Installation If you are installing click-lock vinyl plank flooring, you should NOT install …

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